Anyone going to the Allison Krauss/Robert Plant show at the Rose Garden?
The tour has been getting great reviews and they have a stellar band that's lead by T-Bone Burnett and Buddy Miller. But this is an expensive show (by my calculations) with tickets (with service charges) topping out at about $150 for the better seats.
Which brings up questions about value and how we choose to spend our entertainment dollars . . . . When presented with the choice of buying a ticket for a very expensive show, my choice has been to pass . . . even for artists I try never to miss (ie, Springsteen) . . . even for projects that are musically right in my wheelhouse (like this one). There's a point where the value of the experience and the cost of the ticket just don't work for me.
Now, that doesn't always mean I don't go to the show. What it means is finding alternate ways of getting a ticket. For instance, for the Springsteen show (some of you know this) I just showed up at the Rose Garden and waited. Ended up with two great seats close to the stage on the 100 level for a total of $40 (5 times less than what folks around me paid). Does that make me creative or just a cheap bastard unwilling to give artists their fair market value?
What's your experience? Are there shows that you'll pay any amount to be part of? What goes into your decision?
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